Monday, November 28, 2016

Weekend Stitching and Mystery Monday: It's Mystery Time Again

It's going to be a Monday squared today.  After being off work for a week, going into the office and trying to remember where I was on the various projects will be a challenge.  It was definitively a nice holiday.  Drama Teen and I got to hang out a lot in the kitchen and we also did some toy shopping for our two Angel Tree kids.  That was a lot of fun.  We also got in some great walks with the family, including one with 300 and something steps down and then back up.   



Since we spent a lot of time with family, most of my stitching last week was limited to hand work.  The binding on the Zombie quilt should be done by the end of the week.  I didn't work on it at all yesterday.  My goal yesterday was to get going on clue one for Bonnie Hunter's 2016 mystery quilt, En Provence.  



I typically use yardage for these mysteries, there are never enough scraps in a given colorway to make mine scrappy.  Though this year's fabric choices are scraps in that some of the yardage is left over from a previous project.  My version of the mystery is going to be multicultural as I'm using mainly Asian prints to make a quilt based on scenes from the French countryside.  


   
Bonnie suggested to those of us using yardage that we consider adding in a second neutral for the four patches described in clue #1.  After looking at the stash, I found another beige and white print that was a bit darker than my first choice.  I think the two prints work pretty well together.  



The first ten 4 patches are made, just 100 more to make.  I've decided to start with half the blocks and add as needed after the reveal to get a nice lap sized quilt.  I'll get more 4 patches made this week, but all 100 won't be finished by the time the next clue comes out. That's OK, I rarely keep up with Bonnie clues, but I usually have enough parts and pieces to execute each clue when it comes out.

Linking up this week with
Bonnie's Mystery Monday
Beth's Monday Making
Beth's Main Crush Monday
Judy's Monday Design Wall 

28 comments:

  1. My friend Tish has done Bonnie's quilts; this one speaks (French--lol) to me as I've been 'en Provence' twice...love the colours and fabrics you've chosen.

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  2. Your Asian-inspired fabrics are so pretty!

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  3. Love the Asian prints! I am going easy on the neutrals this year also.

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  4. What a gorgeous set of fabrics! It will be fun to see it come together. :D

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  5. Great fabrics for the mystery!
    I'm doing the "half blocks" thing too!

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  6. I like the Asain inspired!!! And those steps - wow - I bet that was beautiful!

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  7. Glad you and your family had a nice long weekend (with some aerobic exercise to work off the calories). I plan to enjoy seeing everyone's En Provence photos from a comfy seat on the sidelines.

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  8. Those steps made me tired just looking at the picture!
    Love your fabrics!

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  9. I love the Asian fabrics you chose. Look forward to seeing the end result.

    Barbara at Stash Overflow

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  10. Your Asian prints are incredible. Love your fabric choices!!

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  11. Your additional fabric does work well with the first choice.

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  12. Your Asian themed prints are going to look cool in this mystery quilt! Where did those steps lead to????

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  13. What a pretty collection of fabrics!

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  14. Your Asian fabrics look perfect for this mystery! I 'm just following along on Bonnie's facebook page to see how the mystery goes - not actually participating - but it's pretty fun to see it all get started.

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  15. I love the idea of oriental for En Provence and the colors are beautiful

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  16. Are you making half the blocks rather than the whole quilt? I think you will really like your colors. Good luck with this effort. I'm skipping the whole thing this year. Too many UFOs including at least 2 Bonnie quilts!

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  17. Love your fabric choices and thanks for the reminder that I don't NEED to do the full size quilt. I have decided to just do half also.

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  18. Great fabric choices. I hope to get started on this mystery later in the week. It'll be my first time doing a mystery.

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  19. Those are great fabric choices, I look forward to seeing the mystery come together.

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  20. Thinking about starting this after the holidays. Love your choices you made

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  21. I wondered if there would be a lot of people going half sized. I am also wondering if I should follow suit after reading this.? I've made oodles of 4 patches already, but they might also wait for another project. Thanks for posting this, Kate. Christmas time is SO busy, and it's quite a commitment.

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